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Book Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

Thank you Lord for the perfection that was BookCon, and that because of this amazing convention I was able to snag a copy of one of my most anticipated sequels of 2016, Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. Not only that, but I got it signed by both authors and they are just the coolest, nicest people ever.

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Since this is a review for the ARC and Gemina won’t be released until October, I’m going to keep this review pretty basic and try not to give too much away. I think that’s the only way to go into this series, blind and without any real expectations. So plot wise, this one basically follows in the same footsteps of its predecessor, where you’re immediately thrown into the action and it never slows down. There are so many twists and turns, that it takes a bit to keep up and you’re constantly on the edge of your seat. If there’s only one guarantee when it comes to the The Illuminae Files, it’s that whatever you think is going to happen… You’re dead wrong. And of course, it does end on a major cliffhanger, just like the first book. DAMN YOU FOR MAKING US SUFFER YET AGAIN!

If you’re hoping for Kady and Ezra, while they do make an appearance, the shift has focused to two brand new characters, Hanna and Niklas. We are now following on what has been occurring on the Heimdall Station that has kept it from coming to the aid of Kerenza. Hanna has the sass of Kady but upped by factor of 100. She’s such a great character! I love that Kaufman and Kristoff create such strong badass female leads. Hanna is a take charge, headstrong girl and she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. There are some very strong parallels between her and Kady when it comes to their personalities. Whether you liked or hated Kady, then chances are you’ll feel the same way about Hanna.

%22Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. and her name was vengeance.%22

Nik is an interesting character. He’s got the cockiness and sarcasm that Ezra has, however, we get to know him much better as he is around the entire book. (If you’ve read Illuminae then you’ll know what I’m talking about). I really enjoyed him as a character. Nik is a criminal so he’s a bit rough around the edges but he’s also got that soft side that all girls believe bad boys have. Ladies, don’t think that’s always true in reality! His interactions with Hanna are nothing but pure awesomeness. I basically lived for them, true story!

I think my only complaint with this book is that it is so similar to Illuminae. The setup and flow, even the twists and turns, are very much alike. Even though I didn’t guess what they would be, I wasn’t as surprised and shocked as I was while reading the first book. I was hoping that Kaufman and Kristoff would be able to elevate that kind of tension to a different level, but unfortunately, it never reached that point. However, this is only the second book so I’m sure I’ll be thoroughly satisfied on that front in the next book. Don’t let that disappoint you or affect your expectations for Gemina though, it is still phenomenal and worth all of the damn stars in the world!

Read it. Love it. Obsess.

I’m only sorry that you will have to wait until October to do so.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

  1. One of the main reasons I wanted to go to BookCon was because I wanted to pick up Gemina and A Torch Against the Night! I already preordered Gemina and am so excited for October

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  2. Oh my god your review has made me even more excited for this book than I was before and I didn’t think that was even possible. I’m really glad you liked it, and I’m glad it kind of lives up to Illuminae as well, it would really suck if this book was a let down compared to the first (though I think with Kaufman and Kirstoff writing it that’s an impossibility!) Great review, now I’m counting down the days until October and I can get my hands on Gemina as well.

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  3. I can’t wait to get my hands on this! More sass then Kady YES! XD
    I’m so excited to jump into this book and see it all for myself, I already have it pre ordered and I need it to be October already 😀
    Great review!

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